The health systems in Liberia are some of the worst world-wide. Hundreds of children and families die from malaria and other diseases daily. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), “42% of inpatient deaths are attributable to malaria.” With major issues such as, lack of clinics, few medical doctors and inadequately trained medical professionals, outdated medical technology and medicine, and poor hospital conditions adversely affecting the majority of citizens in the country.
Due to the lack of healthcare resources, many children and pregnant women don’t have access to hospitals and even less to treatment and medical personnel throughout the country. This explains the elevated mortality rates of infants and mothers—placing them among the highest in the world. Because of the lack of information and means of protection – contraception, medicine to prevent disease transmission from mother to children, close to 1% of the population is carrying the HIV/AIDS virus, of which 6,000 are children. The number of children affected by tuberculosis or malaria is equally disturbing and does not seem to be diminishing.
This child was born on October 16, 2018 in Mono Wainsue- a remote village in Bong County, Liberia. After giving birth, the mother began to bleed excessively and was rushed to the closest hospital in the city. Unfortunately, due to the poor road conditions, the drive took approximately 4 hours to transport both the mother and the child from the village to the city for treatment. The mother died immediately upon arrival at the hospital due to the long hours of excessive bleeding. The child, on the other hand, was abandoned by the father due to poverty.
This baby was born on November 12, 2018 in Bong County, Liberia. The baby was born deformed, and his parent abandoned him due to his deformity. According to Nature Education, “Every year, an estimated 7.9 million infants (6% of worldwide births) are born with serious birth defects. Although some congenital defects can be controlled and treated, an estimated 3.2 million of these children are disabled for life.”
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